In the past SOPD had several trained DARE officers that were invited to teach that curriculum in local schools. We no longer have DARE officers as that program was phased out in 2011. We currently have one officer that was trained in LEAD in 2016 however they have never taught that curriculum to any district students. SOPD does not employ nor does the school district use School Resource Officers or Class III Special Law Enforcement Officers.
The most recent involvement that SOPD has had with students in the schools has been through the after school YouthNet program. In 2019 students were given an opportunity to voluntarily participate in an “open gym” with several officers where they would play basketball together. The officers reported that the program was well-received and became popular with the students that chose to participate. There were then plans to offer another voluntary YouthNet program on the basics of Forensic Science & Investigation, which was chosen as students had expressed interest in the subject.